The (Allentown) Morning Call ( http://bit.ly/S2gQZh) says Lehigh County Judge James Anthony denied the request on behalf of 28-year-old John Boyd of Allentown. Public defender Karen Schular argues that a hearing should be held before prosecutors are allowed to seek capital punishment, and she says she may appeal.
Boyd and a 16-year-old youth are charged in the December slayings of 37-year-old Steven Santiago of New York City and 34-year-old Adrian Ramirez of Allentown. Prosecutors cited four reasons for seeking the death penalty against Boyd, including torture and placing others at risk.
Information from: The Morning Call, http://www.mcall.com